Hello Everyone! This week on the blog, I have invited my great friend (and cousin), Cassie Garrett, to share with us some tips and tricks that she’s learned through her yoga and wellness training to help with any sport, or any aspect in life…but more specifically, the mental side of golf.
Here’s what she has to say:
Somehow when I’m golfing my vocabulary becomes limited to a few four-letter words. Can you relate?
If you’re struggling with your golf game and feeling like you’re one bad shot away from throwing a club, and ruining the rest of the hole (and possibly the whole day), try these 3 quick tips to get back in the game.
Note: The following tips can be applied to any sport, or aspect of life!
1. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Are you breathing? Are you alive? You somehow seem to be able to afford to take a day to go golfing, so I’d say life is pretty good for you. Worrying about the past doesn’t help anything, so forget about it! You’ve hit better shots, and most shots are recoverable, so focus on the task at hand. As Ben Hogan says, “The most important shot in golf is the next one”.
2. Exhale frustration, Inhale presence.
Let go of the anger and the shitty shot, and take a few deep breaths. Inhale deeply into your belly-ribs-chest for four seconds, exhale slowly. Relax your shoulders, shake it off, become present to the sensations in your body. This kind of breathing will activate your para-sympathetic nervous system, which takes you out of the fight-or-flight response that we move into as soon as we get angry or anxious. Three or four breaths like this will help prepare your mind for the next step.
Close your eyes and feel into your next shot. Notice the feeling of the club in your hand, the ground under your feet, the shoulders relaxed. Before you take your swing, visualize yourself lining up your club, hitting the ball, and seeing where it lands in your minds’ eye. Feel into it and notice the emotions that come up when you hit that perfect shot. Hold onto that as you step up to hit your ball.
I’ve tried both ways. This seems to work better than throwing the club, although that can sometimes be a helpful technique to release anger too.
If nothing’s working, have another drink and enjoy the views…you paid good money to be out on the course, don’t let it end with negativity.
The next time I cry about golf it will only be with joy. It’s not worth crying over golf for any other reason. After all, it’s only a game. – Rory McIlroy
Learn More About Cassie:
My name is Cassie Garrett and I’m a yoga teacher, wellness enthusiast, and freedom-seeker. I love all things country – a direct result of having grown up in small town Golden, BC. I’m also a self-proclaimed Harry Potter expert who has always dreamed of living in a place where magic exists. In our world, yoga and the subconscious is the closest thing I’ve found to magic. Yoga, meditation, and visualization can transform you from the inside out and make miracles happen.
Some of my biggest passions include sports, country music, animals, cooking, EATING, reading, and camping. Yoga isn’t just a passion for me, but a way of living life. Since I’ve completed my teacher training, my life has completely transformed. I have found a new path, filled with passion and purpose. To live a fulfilling life is a necessity to me, and for me that means that I have to support others in finding a path that is fulfilling for them.
Nothing lights me up more than seeing someone pursue their passions. We are here for such a short amount of time and I plan to make the most of it, and hope you do too! If anything I’ve said resonates with you, please follow me on Facebook and Instagram for meal tips, yoga flows, meditations, and thought-provoking stories. I’d also love to hear from you directly, so don’t hesitate to send me a direct message! <3